Topic: Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia
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WASHINGTON, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – A week after senior US lawmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “schoolyard bully,” on Monday he urged athletes marching in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year to wave the rainbow flag to show support for gay rights and embarrass the Russian leader.
“When we march initially, all the countries should wave the multicolored flag for gay rights. That would be pretty embarrassing for Putin, let our athletes participate and still take a stand,” Schumer said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
Putin signed legislation in June that bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Russia's Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, confirmed Monday that the controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi Olympics, which are due to be held from February 7-23.
Appearing on MSNBC, Schumer dismissed calls to boycott the Sochi Games, saying “all these athletes train for so long.” But he did say, “Standing up to Putin right now is important because he’s a bully.”
The senior senator from New York also explained why he thinks US-Russia relations have soured so much since Putin returned to power last year.
Schumer blamed the Russian leader for harboring resentment on several issues, but particularly over Russia’s loss of stature as a world power.
“He resents being an old KGB guy, being brought up when the Soviet Union and the US went head to head,” Schumer said of Putin.
“He resents that Russia is no longer the major power in the world that it used to be. Its population, of course, with all the states – Ukraine, all the Baltic states, the east Asian states gone -- they’re no longer a big power,” Schumer said, adding that Putin should try to rebuild Russia’s stature by growing the country’s economy, not by “stepping on somebody’s back, namely ours.”
The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will not attend a summit meeting with Putin next month in Moscow, citing US disappointment with Russia’s decision to give refuge to American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden but also saying that there was little hope that the two leaders would make progress on key issues on the countries’ agendas.
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- Mikhail1228Putin doesn't give a shit!23:19, 12/08/2013Putin doesn't give a shit what the US thinks. All of this criticism is ludicrous anyway. Who in their right minds wants their little children exposed to all this gay shit? Why do they have to hear about it and why does it need to be promoted to them? I have to laud President Putin for having the balls to stand up against this and for standing up for traditional families, children and Christianity! Too bad our leaders in the US are too spineless to do the same!!
- rochefortfrancois(no title)01:44, 13/08/2013Perhaps US lawmakers are gay?!
- bielecHow "smart"03:08, 13/08/2013Senator Schumer has joined perverts who spill Russian vodka on American streets, while dreaming of the next gay pride parade where they will be able to advertise their genitalia.
One would think that a senator should spend his time working on more serious matters. I have not seen Schumer voicing his concerns about the pauperisation of American society that resulted from criminal policies of predatory Wall Street capitalism. I have not heard him trying to stop criminal wars of conquest or the support of terrorists by the U.S. government. I have not seen him criticizing the police state measures or defending the rights and freedoms of American taxpayers and voters.
Who does he really represent?
- ValSHypocrite!04:06, 13/08/2013"senior US lawmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “schoolyard bully," Schumer also said, "Putin should try to rebuild Russia’s stature by growing the country’s economy, not by “stepping on somebody’s back, namely ours.”...What hypocrite US Government is! They need to stop being the world bully and mind their own affairs. The US has problems they are not dealing with or not taking care of properly all the while pointing fingers and getting into others business!
- Mikhail1228What about this?23:18, 22/08/2013There is so much indignation coming from US leaders over this new law. The duplicity is unbelievable. America's allies, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are governed by Sharia Law. Homosexuality id illegal and gays are executed in these countries. Qatar is hosting some sporting event in 2018. No US leader comments at all about gays being executed in these countries. All of this gay bullshit is pay back from the US for Snowden. Thank God Russia has Putin!
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